Cutting Holes In Plaster Walls

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by George, Dec 8, 2003.

  1. George

    George Guest

    Just bought a new house with the lathing and plaster walls. I'm pretty sure
    there's chicken wire back there too. My question is, whats the best way to
    cut a hole for a new electrical receptacle in this type of wall without
    doing to much damage to wall surrounding the new hole?

    Thanks in advance!

    George
    George, Dec 8, 2003
    #1
  2. George

    SQLit Guest

    "George" <> wrote in message
    news:Fz1Bb.408$...
    > Just bought a new house with the lathing and plaster walls. I'm pretty

    sure
    > there's chicken wire back there too. My question is, whats the best way

    to
    > cut a hole for a new electrical receptacle in this type of wall without
    > doing to much damage to wall surrounding the new hole?
    >
    > Thanks in advance!
    >
    > George


    Drill around the area with a 1/4 inch bit then you can use a hacksaw, holes
    almost touching, or my favorite is my Dremel with the rotary bit on it.
    Zips right through almost everything.
    SQLit, Dec 8, 2003
    #2
  3. George

    New Question Guest

    "George" <> wrote in message
    news:Fz1Bb.408$...
    > Just bought a new house with the lathing and plaster walls. I'm pretty

    sure
    > there's chicken wire back there too. My question is, whats the best way

    to
    > cut a hole for a new electrical receptacle in this type of wall without
    > doing to much damage to wall surrounding the new hole?
    >
    > Thanks in advance!
    >
    > George


    RotoZip is the superior solution. Lowes, Home Depot, Sears, etc.
    New Question, Dec 8, 2003
    #3
  4. George

    Bob Guest

    "George" <> wrote in message
    news:Fz1Bb.408$...
    > Just bought a new house with the lathing and plaster walls. I'm pretty

    sure
    > there's chicken wire back there too. My question is, whats the best way

    to
    > cut a hole for a new electrical receptacle in this type of wall without
    > doing to much damage to wall surrounding the new hole?
    >
    > Thanks in advance!
    >
    > George
    >
    >


    Put the outlet next to a stud and make your first cut farthest away from the
    stud. Obviously your last cut will be the one that butts with the stud. I
    drill out the four corners and use a jigsaw.
    If you make your cuts the opposite way you run the risk of wrecking your
    wall as the lathe will shake in the wall. Mud and a large cover will fix it.
    Bob, Dec 9, 2003
    #4
  5. "George" <> wrote in message news:<Fz1Bb.408$>...
    > Just bought a new house with the lathing and plaster walls. I'm pretty sure
    > there's chicken wire back there too. My question is, whats the best way to
    > cut a hole for a new electrical receptacle in this type of wall without
    > doing to much damage to wall surrounding the new hole?
    >
    > Thanks in advance!
    >
    > George


    I recently did a lot of this in my own 1895 house. Used a 4.5 inch
    grinder with a diamond blade on it. No teeth to get things vibrating
    and it went through the (wood) lathe and plaster like butter. If you
    do have chicken wire or some other type of wire mesh I'm not sure how
    well it would work. I would go with the Robo Zip. Actually, I recently
    bought the Craftsman equivalent of the Robo Zip for about half the
    cost. It is on sale at Sears right now for $29.99.

    Greg
    Greg DeBacker, Dec 9, 2003
    #5
  6. George

    Don Wiss Guest

    On Mon, 08 Dec 2003 16:23:01 GMT, George <> wrote:

    >Just bought a new house with the lathing and plaster walls. I'm pretty sure
    >there's chicken wire back there too. My question is, whats the best way to
    >cut a hole for a new electrical receptacle in this type of wall without
    >doing to much damage to wall surrounding the new hole?


    Use a wood chisel and hammer. Face the bevel towards the hole inside. With
    little effort you can chisel out the plaster. Then cut the wood lathe with
    a saw.

    Don <donwiss at panix.com>.
    Don Wiss, Dec 10, 2003
    #6

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